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Rhode Island 2017 Ballot

Statewide and Local Sample Ballots In 2017

Sample ballots are specific to a given election district. They contain partisan and nonpartisan offices that may appear on a particular election's ballot. The Sample Ballot provides the order the contests and candidates will appear on the ballot. Most towns have only one sample ballot. However, there may be some municipalities with multiple ballots based on specific local races for an elected position.

Although sample ballots, in most states, are sent to voters in the mail, we would advise you contact your local election office for details on when you should expect to receive one in the mail.

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  • Ballot Questions
    November,8,2016
    Topic
    Ballot Title/Ballot Summary
    Gambling & Lotteries

    Question 1: Rhode Island Twin River Casino Measure

    The facility would be licensed as a pari-mutuel facility and would have state-operated video lottery games and casino gaming. If approved, the measure would require that the state receive 15.5 percent of table games and 61 percent of video lottery terminal revenues. In addition, Tiverton would keep one percent of table game and 1.45 percent of video lottery terminal revenues, and be guaranteed at least $3 million annually, with any discrepancies to be paid out of the state's share

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes233,05354.9 %
    No191,07145.1 %
    Ethics/Lobbying/Campaign Finance | State Government

    Question 2: Ethics Commission Amendment

    The general assembly shall establish an independent non-partisan ethics commission which shall adopt a code of ethics including, but not limited to, provisions on conflicts of interest, confidential information, use of position, contracts with government agencies and financial disclosure. The assent of two-thirds (2/3) of the members appointed shall be required for the adoption for every rule or regulation. All elected and appointed officials and employees of state and local government, of boards, commissions and agencies shall be subject to the code of ethics.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes318,10378.1 %
    No89,07721.9 %
    Bond Measures | Military & Veterans Affairs

    Question 3: Veterans Home Bonds

    Your vote to “Approve” means that you support the State issuing $27,000,000 in general obligation bonds to complete the construction of a new Veterans Home and support renovations of existing Veterans facilities in Rhode Island.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes354,35483.9 %
    No68,10316.1 %
    Bond Measures | Education: Higher Ed

    Question 4: Higher Education to Create 21st Century Jobs Bonds

    Your vote to “Approve” means that you support the state issuing $45,500,000 in general obligation bonds to fund higher education-related construction projects at the University of Rhode Island.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes247,204 59.4 %
    No168,67940.6 %
    Bond Measures | Transportation

    Question 5: Port Infrastructure Bonds

    Your vote to “Approve” means that you support the state issuing $70,000,000 in general obligation bonds to fund improvements to the Port of Davisville at Quonset and the Port of Providence.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes262,61663.3 %
    No152,37436.7 %
    Bond Measures | Environmental Protection

    Question 6: Green Economy Bonds

    Your vote to “Approve” means that you support the state issuing $35,000,000 in general obligation bonds to invest in the environment and recreation.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes282,79467.6 %
    No135,58732.4 %
    Bond Measures | Human Services

    Question 7: Housing Opportunity Bonds

    Your vote to “Approve” means that you support the State issuing $50,000,000 in general obligation bonds to help fund the construction of affordable housing, support urban revitalization and blight remediation.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes243,62058.0 %
    No176,48142.0 %
    Offices Up For Elections
    Executive Branch
    President Of The United States -
    Legislative Branch
    State House - All 75 seats in the chamber are up for election in 2016.
    State Senate - All 38 seats in the chamber are up for election in 2016
    US House - Voters will elect two candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's two congressional districts.
    Local Government
    School board - Two of the three Rhode Island school districts among America's largest school districts by enrollment are holding school board elections for nine seats.
    Candidates
    Rhode Island Laws for voting for a write in candidate
    Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
    Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? No

    Rhode Island do not require write-in candidates to file paperwork in advance of the election. Rhode Island law does not require a write-in presidential candidate to file any special paperwork in advance of the election

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    Rhode Island Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(75)
    (64)(10)(1)
    State Senators(38)
    (33)(5)
    US Representatives(2)
    (2)
    US Senators(2)
    (2)
    State Executives
    Governor
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State

    When's The Next Election?

    UPCOMING DATES
    November 6, 2018
    Rhode Island : General election Day